Heritage Hikes

Winner of The Pitch’s 2004 Best of Kansas City: Best Way to Learn Something New About Kansas City

Heritage Hikes highlight the architecture and history of each neighborhood. “Hikers” receive brochures which contain maps of the neighborhood with dialogue for each significant site noting the address, date built, architect(s) and the building’s description. Your guide is Lucinda Rice-Petrie, a HKC Past President and a current member of the Board of Directors. She holds a Master of Arts degree in American history, a BS in Education and a Life Certificate to teach in the State of Missouri from the University of Missouri. Lucinda serves as the liaison to Missouri Preservation. Dust off your walking shoes and join us as we return to yester year and learn about Kansas City’s Heritage through the city’s historic built environment.

All hikes are rain or shine! Each Heritage Hike from start to completion is around 3 miles hiked.  DRESS ACCORDING TO WEATHER CONDITIONS!

A Heritage Hike series includes three (3) Heritage Hikes. The cost for the entire series is $60.00 per person.  If a hiker prefers to enroll in one (1) Heritage Hike the cost is $25.00 per person.


Fall Series of Three Hikes: Kansas City’s Main Street Historic Neighborhoods.

Historic Kansas City will be offering Heritage Hikes in September and October at 9:00 am at various locations throughout the city. Heritage Hikes highlight the architecture and history of Kansas City’s neighborhoods.


Hike One – Union Hill Neighborhood
Thursday, September 20, 9:00 am
Convene at Union Cemetery’s front gates, 227 EAST 28th TERRACE (WARWICK TRAFFICWAY AT 28th TERRACE)


Established in 1857, Union Hill is one of Kansas City’s oldest continuous neighborhoods. Union Hill is a true urban neighborhood and Kansas City’s largest residential and business district spanning more than 16 city blocks between Main Street on the west, Gillham Road on the east, the 31st Street corridor on the south and approximately 27th Street on the south. Overlooking Crown Center and the downtown skyline, the Union Hill district is surrounded by green space, dining, arts, entertainment, and some of Kansas City’s major employers. It is comprised of restored late 19th Century homes, renovated row houses, and more recently built condominiums, town homes and apartments. Adjacent on the southeast side sits the historic Union Cemetery; founded in 1857 and is the final resting place to many prominent Kansas Citians who helped build this city, as well as veterans from every war from the Revolution to Vietnam are buried here, including those who fought for both sides during the Civil War.

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Hike Two – From The High Lands Of Coleman To The Brick Streets Of Roanoke
Thursday, September 27, 9:00 am

Convene at 3601 Roanoke Road, West Port-Roanoke Community Center.

The Coleman Highlands neighborhood was platted by Robert Coleman in August of 1907. The location was ideal for a new suburb-atop a bluff and located near streetcar connections to downtown, the west bottoms and Westport. Most houses were built between 1908 and World War I and a second wave of construction occurred between World War I and World War II. The Roanoke neighborhood began when the Roanoke Investment Company bought 188 acres from the Kansas City Interstate Fair in 1887, and filed the plat for development. The lots and winding roads are essentially the same as first platted– with one major exception — when filed; the area was outside the jurisdiction of either independent municipality of the City of Kansas or the Town of Westport. Roanoke was one of the very first planned suburbs! These homes were built in a variety of styles that included Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Prairie, Bungalow and Kansas City Shirtwaist. Students of architecture will know the names George Mathews, Shepard, Farrar and Wiser, Henry Hoit, Nelle Peters, Jesse Lauck, Frederick Gunns, Ernest Brostrom, and Frank Lloyd Wright – noted architects.

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Hike Three – Nelson’s Rockhill and Meyer’s South More Land
Thursday, October 4, 9:00 am

Convene at 500 East 55 Street- NOTE: Do not park in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s parking lots!!

Between the years of 1904 and 1914, William Rockhill Nelson caused a number of houses to be built around his Oak Hill estate (present day Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art). The subdivision was known as the Rockhill Neighborhood. William Rockhill Nelson made his vision of neighborhood into reality and inspired J.C. Nichols to develop the Country Club District in a similar, if grander, manner. Historians credit the prominent Meyer family as spurring others to invest in the area south of the Hyde Park, now Southmoreland neighborhood. Meyer is best remembered for his role as president of the Board of Parks and Boulevard Commissioners when Kansas City’s park system was built. Meyer built his mansion at 4415 Warwick in 1895, later becoming the home of the Kansas City Art Institute in 1928.

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For more information email Lucinda Rice-Petrie at lrpmudg@aol.com.